Famed for his beloved operas, Giuseppe Verdi endured a lifetime of personal turmoil and popular acclaim. Marked from childhood by his musical talent, Verdi rose to become the preeminent composer of his era amidst family heartbreak, societal upheaval, and a scandalous love affair. In this biographical miniseries seen on PBS, Ronald Pickup (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) gives a captivating performance as Verdi, and ballerina Carla Fracci dazzles as his second wife, opera star Giuseppina Strepponi.
Filmed on location in Italy, London, and Paris, this “positively splendid production” (The New York Times) is narrated by Academy Award winner Burt Lancaster and features clips of Verdi’s music, including the perpetual favorites La Traviata and Aida.
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